Psalms 143:7-10

7 Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

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Psalms 143:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
ESV
7 Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
NLT
7 Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
MSG
7 Hurry with your answer, God! I'm nearly at the end of my rope. Don't turn away; don't ignore me! That would be certain death.
CSB
7 Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Don't hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the Pit.

Psalms 143:7-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 143

\\<>\\. This psalm was composed by David when he fled from Absalom his son, according to the title of it in Apollinarius, the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions; so R. Obadiah Gaon: and of the same opinion is Theodoret and others. The sense he had of his sins, and his deprecating God's entering into judgment with him for them, seems to confirm it; affliction from his own family for them being threatened him, 2Sa 12:9-11; though Kimchi thinks it was written on the same account as the former, and at the same time, namely, when he was persecuted by Saul; and what is said in Ps 142:2,4, seems to agree with it. The Syriac inscription is, ``when the Edomites came against him;'' which is very foreign, since these were subdued by him.

Psalms 143:7-10 In-Context

5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.
7 Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11 For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Cross References 12

  • 1. S Psalms 69:17
  • 2. S Psalms 142:3
  • 3. S Psalms 22:24; Psalms 27:9; Psalms 30:7; Psalms 28:1
  • 4. Psalms 6:4; Psalms 46:5; Psalms 90:14
  • 5. S Exodus 33:13; S Job 34:32; Psalms 27:11; Psalms 32:8
  • 6. Psalms 25:1-2; S Psalms 86:4
  • 7. S Psalms 140:1
  • 8. S Psalms 18:17; Psalms 31:15
  • 9. S Psalms 119:12
  • 10. Psalms 31:14
  • 11. S Nehemiah 9:20; Psalms 23:3; Psalms 25:4-5
  • 12. Psalms 26:12
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